Tech Billionaires Who Dropped Out of College

Self-Made Tech Billionaires Who Dropped Out of College

They are some of the wealthiest and successful people on the planet. Between them, their personal wealth is greater than the domestic wealth of many countries. What do these men have in common?


Well, they had a desire and passion to succeed, willing to go against the odds and defy the safe option to study and get a job. They dropped out of college and chose to be entrepreneurs. They may have dropped out, but they sure made bank, and founded the big companies that we all know, and use, like Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. Do you have a billion-dollar idea?

Bill Gates

Bill Gates is the founder of the world’s largest software company – Microsoft. With a personal net wealth of over 81 Billion dollars, Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard after two years. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary degree from his old college, as one might expect.


Since 1987 Bill Gates has continuously ranked in one of the top positions in the Forbes Top 400 wealthiest people in the world. Bill and his wife Melinda are also philanthropists and founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Michael Dell

Michael Dell is the founder of the Dell Computer Corporation. He is one the youngest ever CEO’s of a Fortune 500 company and is worth an estimated 18, 8 billion dollars. Michael had always had an interest in gadgets from a young age and was a young entrepreneur at 12 years of age.


He washed dishes at a local Chinese restaurant to earn money for his stamp collecting hobby. Michael attended the University of Texas majoring in biology, but computers were his true passion. He built and sold computers while he was studying before he dropped out to start the Dell Computer Corporation.

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